Lil Yachty Claims Hip Hop's In A "Terrible Place," Thinks Artists Play It Too Safe

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Lil Yachty says there's "a lot less originality" nowadays than there used to be.

During a recent event, Lil Yachty shared his thoughts on the current state of hip hop, revealing that he thinks it's in a "terrible place." He spoke on a panel at Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians event in Brooklyn this weekend, alongside Tierra Whack and Delisa Shannon. According to him, the genre's at such a low point because artists are afraid to take risks now, resulting in far too much repetition. For this reason, he thinks hip hop as a whole is simply boring these days.

“Hip-hop is in a terrible place," he began. "The state of hip-hop right now is a lot of imitation. It’s a lot of quick, low-quality music being put out. It’s a lot less risk-taking, it’s a lot less originality… People are too safe now. Everyone is so safe. I rather take the risk than take the L.”

Lil Yachty On The Current State Of Hip Hop

This wasn't the only time Lil Yachty discussed the current state of hip hop, however. During a recent episode of his A Safe Place podcast, he asked for J. Cole's take on it. J. Cole had a similar, though slightly less negative, view of the genre nowadays. "My favorite era is what I grew up on," he explained. "I can't put nothing past how I feel and how I felt outside of my own... you know what I mean?"

"I try to push myself to that, but bro, I'm grown, I was listening to that when I was a kid," he continued. "Now it's new kids that got their new favorites. I wouldn't feel comfortable being like, 'Hell yeah, that s**t was in a better space!' Because I don't feel negatively about this space. I feel like this space is clearing the way for the next space, and the next space." What do you think of Lil Yachty's take on the current state of hip hop? Do you agree with him or not? Share your thoughts in the comments section down below, and keep an eye on HNHH for more updates.

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Caroline Fisher is a News Writer at HotNewHipHop from Chicago, Illinois. She started at HNHH this year, and has since spent her time writing about all that is newsworthy in the world of hip-hop. With a drive for hunting down the hottest stories, she enjoys documenting new developments in culture and entertainment. She also has an appreciation for hip-hop and seeks to cover the most important trends and shifts. She has a Bachelor of Arts which she received at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having graduated in 2022, she majored in English with a concentration in Media, Rhetoric and Cultural Studies. Specializing all things music, pop culture and entertainment, some of her favorite musical artists include Snoop Dogg, OutKast, and Nicki Minaj. When she’s not writing about music she’s also a fan of attending shows, watching the latest movies, staying up-to-date with current events, photography, and poetry.